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January 28, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Florida Everblades News Release

ESTERO, FL - The Florida Everblades completed this past week with a 0-1-1 record. The Everblades enter this week's action with a record of 23-15-4 (50 pts., 4th, South Division.)

UPCOMING GAMES (All times Eastern)

Tuesday, January 29 vs. South Carolina Stingrays

Game Time: 7:30 p.m.

The Everblades wrap up their brief three-game home stand with the South Carolina Stingrays on Tuesday night at Germain Arena. The game is the sixth of nine between the South Division rivals and the fifth and final between the teams at Germain Arena. This season, the Everblades hold a 3-1-1 record vs. the Stingrays. The Everblades hold an all-time record of 41-22-10 vs. South Carolina and are 23-9-4 all-time at home vs. the Stingrays. South Carolina enters this week riding a six game winning streak and an overall record of 27-12-2 (56 pts., 2nd, South Division).

Promotion: First 2,500 fans entering the building will receive the first set of Everblades Player Trading Cards courtesy of & Water 911 To Go Diet & Nutrition Center.

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, January 31, February 1 & 2 at Texas Wildcatters

Game Times: 8:05 p.m. (Thurs.), 8:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 8:05 p.m. (Sat.)

The Everblades embark on a quick three-game road trip to Beaumont, Texas this weekend. It also marks the seventh time this year the Everblades are playing a three-games in three-nights set. The games mark the first time since mid December the two South Division rivals have met. The trio of games are the sixth, seventh and eighth of ten between the clubs and are the final three of five at Ford Arena. The Wildcatters lead the season series with a 4-0-1 record with two of their four wins coming in overtime. The Everblades hold an all-time record of 7-10-2 vs. Texas and are 4-5-0 all-time on the road vs. the Wildcatters. Texas enters this week's action sporting the league's best record of 32-4-7 (71 pts., 1st, South Division).


Friday, January 25 vs. South Carolina Stingrays 3-2 Overtime Loss

The Everblades dropped a tough overtime decision to South Carolina on Friday night, spoiling a come-back effort. After the Stingrays tallied a pair of first period goals, Preston Callander got the Blades on the board with a second period power play goal and Ryan Van Buskirk tied the score at two early in the third period. However just 35 seconds into overtime, Pierre-Luc O'Brien tallied for South Carolina for the 3-2 win. In goal David Shantz earned a tie in standings after turning away 28 of 31 shots. Florida Special Teams: PP: 1-for-5; PK: 3-for-4.

Saturday, January 26 vs. South Carolina Stingrays 3-2 Loss

The Everblades finished off the week with another tough loss to South Carolina. A playoff type game saw the teams battle back and forth. Brandon Roach scored both Everblades goals on the power play, but three straight South Carolina goals in a span of 11:34 from the end of the first period to the middle of the second period did the damage. Goaltender Justin Peters suffered the tough-luck loss after allowing the three goals on 28 shots. Florida Special Teams: PP: 2-for-7; PK: 6-for-7.


Monday, January 28 Practice, 10:00 a.m. @ Germain Arena

Tuesday, January 29 Pre-Game Skate, 10:00 a.m. @ Germain Arena

GAME vs. South Carolina Stingrays, 7:30 p.m. @ Germain Arena

Wednesday, January 30 Practice, 10:00 a.m. @ Germain Arena

Thursday, January 31 GAME vs. Texas Wildcatters, 8:05 p.m. @ Ford Arena

Friday, February 1 GAME vs. Texas Wildcatters, 8:30 p.m. @ Ford Arena

Saturday, February 2 GAME vs. Texas Wildcatters, 8:05 p.m. @ Ford Arena

Sunday, February 3 OFF DAY


Overall Record 23-15-4

Home Record 13-4-3

Road Record 10-11-1

Overtime Record 1-4

Shootout Record 2-0

Power Play 45-236 (9th)

Penalty Kill 223-259 (4th)

Leading Scorers

Derek Damon 17-27-44

Mathieu Melanson 20-20-40

Ernie Hartlieb 13-23-36

David Cornacchia 7-22-29

Kirk MacDonald 9-12-21

Leading Goaltenders

David Shantz 2.43 GAA, 3-1-1

Kevin Nastiuk 2.53 GAA, 1-1-0

Justin Peters 2.72 GAA, 15-8-2

Tyler Plante 2.81 GAA, 4-5-1

Plus/Minus Leaders

Ernie Hartlieb +14

David Cornacchia +9

Kirk MacDonald +9

Several tied with +8

Player of the Week Nominee: This week's Everblades Player of the Week nominee is Brandon Roach who tallied three points the two games this past week.

Special Teams Breakdown: Here's a look at the special teams of the Everblades and how it breaks down overall, home and away: Power play: 45-for-236 (19.1%) which ranks the Everblades 9th in the ECHL. At home the Everblades are 25-for-116 (21.6%) which ranks 6th, and on the road the Everblades are 20-for-120 (16.7%) which ranks 11th. Penalty Kill: 223-for-259 (86.1%) which ranks the Everblades 4th in the ECHL. At home the 'Blades are 104-for-118 (88.1%) which is 3rd in the league and on the road the Everblades have killed off 119 of 141 (84.4%) chances against them which ranks 11th.

Roster Moves: The Everblades had defenseman Jordan Henry re-assigned to the club by the Florida Panthers from the Rochester Americans. During his most recent call-up to the Amerks Henry skated in 18 games, registering one assist. Overall the 21-year-old rookie has played in 20 games with Rochester this season...Prior to this weekend's action the Everblades activated forward Paul Caponigri from the 30-day IR. Caponigri last played on November 30 before suffering an injury.

Approaching Milestones: Here's a look at upcoming milestones for Everblades players: F Ernie Hartlieb is six goals shy of hitting 100 for his career...D Brad Brown is 21 games away from hitting the 600 mark in his 12-year career.

Who's Hot!: Here's a look at who's hot for the Blades entering this week: F Derek Damon has picked up points six straight games (3g, 6a) and in 17 of his last 20 games (16g, 21a)...F Mathieu Melanson has registered points in six of his last seven games (2g, 6a) dating back to Dec. 15, prior to his call up to the AHL...F Ernie Hartlieb has points in six of the last ten games (3g, 6a)...D David Cornacchia has points four of the last seven games (2g, 6a).

Everblades Coach's Show: The Everblades coach's show "Blades Talk!" returns on Tuesday, February 5 from 7 - 8 p.m. at Don Haney's Smokehouse in Ft. Myers! Fans are encouraged to join Everblades head coach Gerry Fleming and the voice of the Everblades Kevin Reiter live in person at the Don Haney's Smokehouse located on Daniels Rd. in Ft. Myers. The show can also be heard live on SportsRadio 770 ESPN from 7 - 8 p.m. or can be heard via the internet by visiting the Everblades website at

Everblades 10th Anniversary Season: 2007-08 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Florida Everblades. In their first nine years the Everblades have compiled a record of 379-198-67 in 644 games...the team has never missed the playoffs in their history, and currently have the longest current streak in the ECHL of consecutive playoff appearances...the Everblades have advanced to the Conference Finals three times in the last four years, and made back-to-back appearances in the Kelly Cup Finals in 2004 & 2005...the team has on Brabham Cup title to its name after finishing with the ECHL's best regular season record in 1999-2000, and the club has won two division titles (1999-2000 & 2006-07).

Ticket Information: Experience the excitement of the Everblades 10th Anniversary season! Individual tickets to all Everblades home games are on sale now! Stop by the Germain Arena box office to reserve your seat for all the exciting action! Visit and for more information on ticket packages, pricing and upcoming Germain Arena events.

On the Air: Everblades games, home and away, can be heard on SportsRadio 770 ESPN and via the internet courtesy of Waterman Broadcasting by logging on to In addition, Everblades games can be viewed via the internet thanks to B2 Networks by logging on to Join the voice of the Everblades Kevin Reiter as he calls all the action! The Everblades pre-game show begins 20 minutes prior to game time.

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